First secondary school signs up for healthy eating (18.3.2014)

Written on the 19 March 2014

• 2,000 early childhood centres, primary schools and workplaces signed up

• Support and resources to help schools promote healthy eating

• Victorian Coalition Government building a healthy Victoria


Parliamentary Secretary for Health Georgie Crozier today launched the Healthy Together Achievement Program for Secondary Schools at Pakenham Secondary College.

The Achievement Program is a Victorian Coalition Government initiative that recognises early childhood services, schools and workplaces that are creating healthy environments for learning, working and living.

Ms Crozier encouraged secondary schools to take advantage of a proven approach to promoting health and wellbeing. 

“The great results we’re seeing in the more than 2,000 early childhood centres, primary schools and workplaces already participating in the Achievement Program will be replicated in secondary schools,” Ms Crozier said.

One of the first secondary schools to sign up to the program, Pakenham Secondary College, will be supported by the Healthy Eating and Food Literacy in Secondary Schools initiative.

Delivered by Home Economics Victoria, the initiative provides support and resources to help schools connect with local initiatives to promote healthy eating.

Principal of Pakenham Secondary College, Ray Squires, said there was a clear link between student well-being and academic performance.

“Our involvement in the Achievement Program provides a framework that can be used to further support students in their general health and wellbeing which in turn will have a positive impact on their learning,” Mr Squires said.

Mayor of Cardinia Shire Graeme Moore said the College’s focus on healthy eating mirrored the priorities of the broader local community.

“Congratulations to Pakenham Secondary College for being a leader in health and wellbeing in Cardinia Shire and Victoria. This is fantastic for the school, the students and the wider community and I urge all other Cardinia Shire schools to get involved in the Achievement Program,” Cr Moore said.

The Achievement Program and Healthy Eating and Food Literacy in Secondary Schools are part of Healthy Together Victoria, a jointly funded initiative of the Victorian Coalition Government and the Commonwealth Government.

Media contact: Victoria Lane (03) 9555 4101

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